The United States is accelerating its deployment of troops to Poland, the Baltic states, and Romania meant to ensure security in the region, according to Polish and U.S. defense officials.
The Russian military has deployed anti-ship missiles in the Kaliningrad exclave that borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania, the Associated Press reported Monday, citing the Interfax news agency.
The European Union on Monday agreed on a defense plan that could see it sending rapid response forces abroad for the first time, as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of allies appeared to galvanize Europe into revamping its strategy.
An official in the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense warned in an internal document that a high-technology tank under development by Russia represents the “most revolutionary step change in tank design in the last half century.”
Russia is adding ships armed with cruise missiles to its Baltic Fleet following NATO’s planned buildup on its eastern flank, a Russian media outlet reported on Wednesday.
Russian warships heading for Syria could be used to target civilians in the besieged city of Aleppo, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Tuesday, calling on Moscow to implement a lasting ceasefire.
Russia’s foreign minister said Sunday that “aggressive steps” by the United States are threatening Moscow’s national security.
It’s in America’a self-interest to be the global leader. I would suggest three things. First, if you do not attack the enemy on their soil, they will attack you on your soil. You saw that on Sept. 11, 2001. Go overseas and fight the enemy. Secondly, I would say that prevention is less expensive than a cure. So it’s very important for the U.S. to address conflicts while they are still small and manageable. The U.S. should not do what it did in the 1920s and 1930s and let world problems grow to a point that resolving those problems costs a huge amount of blood and treasure. Third, it is in the U.S. interest to preserve the world order that the U.S. itself created after the Second World War.
Turkey on Tuesday warned of rising anti-American sentiment and risks to a migrant deal with the European Union, ramping up the rhetoric in the face of Western alarm over the scale of purges in state institutions since last month’s failed coup.